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Saturday, December 14th
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-8-5), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes only have one more chance to
pick up a victory on their four-game road trip, which comes to a close on
Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Hurricanes had won three in a row prior to this swing out west, but have
gone 0-1-2 on the trip, dropping back-to-back overtime decisions in Edmonton
and Calgary following a 2-0 loss at Vancouver on Dec. 9.
Carolina was bested 2-1 by the Flames on Thursday, with Calgary getting the
winner with less than four seconds to go in overtime. Justin Peters made 28
Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, but was also denied on a
penalty shot with 5:25 left in the third period after getting hooked from
behind during 4-on-4 play. His attempt to beat Karri Ramo five hole was
"I tried to open him up but he didn't really bite on my fake. I probably
shouldn't have forced it in there," Skinner said.
Carolina did get forward Alexander Semin back from a concussion that sidelined
him for 12 straight games and he logged three shots in just under 21 minutes
of action. However, rookie center Elias Lindholm suffered an undisclosed
injury on a hard hit in the first period and did not return.
The Coyotes are playing without captain Shane Doan, who leads the club with 12
goals. He sat out for a third straight game on Thursday due to illness and it
is unknown when he will be able to return to action.
The rest of the Phoenix offense picked up the slack in a 6-3 victory over the
New York Islanders, with Rob Klinkhammer posting two goals and an assist.
Mike Ribeiro added a goal and two helpers and Mikkel Boedker scored twice.
Mike Smith, returning from a bout with the flu, gave up three goals on 24
shots in the victory, the Coyotes' second straight following a 2-4-2 skid.
"Everyone can chip in here and everyone can score," said Ribeiro. "The defense
likes to chip in, too, so it can make matching up against us hard on other
Klinkhammer scored twice in a 5-3 win over the hosting Hurricanes back on Oct.
13. Doan had a goal and an assist and Smith stopped 31 shots to improve to
3-6-3 with a 3.05 goals against average in his career versus Carolina.
The win moved Phoenix to 3-0-1 in its past four versus the Hurricanes, but
Carolina has won two straight in Phoenix.
Skinner, Eric Staal and Riley Nash had the goals for the 'Canes, while Cam
Ward made nine saves on 12 shots in relief to take the loss. He took over for
Anton Khudobin, who suffered a lower-body injury.
Ward is 3-4-0 with a 3.68 GAA lifetime against the Coyotes.
12/14 10:25:47 ET